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MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS (May 21, 2015) – Two industry iconswere inducted as the Class of 2015 into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame on May 5 in Austin, Texas. Family, friends and industry peers celebrated the career achievements of David Beckerman, the founder of Starter, and the late Bill Jackson of Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, at the 60th Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony dinner, generously sponsored by Mizuno and W.L. Gore, during the National Sporting Goods Association’s 51st Annual Management Conference and 17th Annual Team Dealer Summit.
“It is wonderful to see the support for some of the greatest contributors to our industry,” said Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Cathy Pryor (Hibbett Sports), who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. “People like David Beckerman and Bill Jackson made the sporting goods industry what it is today. It is always a great evening to learn more about our industry’s outstanding leaders.”
The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame, founded by NSGA in 1955, includes 161 of the industry’s pioneers and leaders with the induction of Beckerman and Jackson. Class of 2000 Hall of Famer Ralph Parks (Foot Locker, Foot Action) introduced Beckerman and Nation’s Best Sports President Jim Chandley introduced Jackson’s family, which included his sons Darry and Doug.
Beckerman created Starter in 1971 and it grew into the world’s largest licensed apparel company as it hit a high of $700 million in sales. Beckerman created partnerships with the major professional sports leagues and top college conferences. He also served on the administrative licensing boards of all four major North American professional sports leagues. One of Beckerman’s legacies is creating apparel for the 1986 Boston Celtics to wear immediately after winning the NBA championship.
Jackson started selling World War II Army surplus supplies out of his garage in 1946. Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure is now a 38,000-square foot facility in Pinellas Park, Florida, that has an indoor pool, classroom, shooting range and snow skiing deck. Bill Jackson’s is truly a family business as his late wife Harriet worked there and their son’s Darry and Doug have worked there since they were small children.
About the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame
The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) created the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame in 1955 to honor sporting goods pioneers, innovators and leaders, while recognizing and encouraging continued excellence in the industry. Since the first induction in 1956, 161 men and women have been inducted. Inductees for the Hall of Fame are nominated, and then selections are made by the Hall of Fame Committee, which is made up of representatives from all segments of the industry – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers/dealers, agents and news media.
An announcement on the inductees in the Class of 2016 will be made this summer. Nominations are now being taken for the Class of 2017. For more information on the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame, please visit www.nsga.org/halloffame.